Ian Waugh is a film director and writer.

An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab, and Reykjavík International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab, his work has screened in competition worldwide.

Raised in North East England, he studied photography and film at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with an MFA in Advanced Film Practice from Screen Academy Scotland. His one hour graduation drama Leaves was nominated for Best UK First Feature at London’s East End Film Festival.

In 2012 he formed Only Son to produce the short drama Strayed on location in the Scottish Highlands. Strayed previewed at a Scottish Government Film Showcase at the European Union before premiering in competition at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. It was released online through the acclaimed independent film platform NoBudge.

He returned to the Scottish Highlands with Creative Scotland’s Scottish Shorts commission of the short drama As He Lay Falling. After premiering in competition for the Best Short Film Award at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, As He Lay Falling received Special Mentions at the 11th Reykjavik International Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and won the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival of Soria. Having screened at over 25 international festivals it was released online through the BFI Network.

As He Lay Falling is being developed into a feature film of the same name by Nakba FilmWorks, Homemade Films and Only Son. Supported by the Scottish Film Talent Network with the assistance of Creative Scotland and the BFI Network, the project participated in Film London’s Production Finance Market before further development assistance through Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Talent Lab Connects. An international co-production, As He Lay Falling will shoot on location in Scotland and Greece.

In the summer of 2017 Ian was based in Iceland as an artist in residence with SÍM, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists. Supported by Creative Scotland, he began early development of an Icelandic set feature film while producing video works for a solo exhibition.